New use for leftover Designer Series Paper

Good Monday morning everyone! I know, it is Monday. But, Mondays can be good. It is all in the attitude.

When I was working away from home, I had a sheet of paper taped to the wall next to my desk that said “Attitude is Everything” and proceeded to list all the ways our attitude affects our days. Somehow when I packed up my ‘stuff’ that didn’t get in the box. It was an excellent reminder to have a good attitude, even when it really wasn’t something I wanted to do.

Enough with the Monday stuff. I do not have a card today, but something that is appropriate for a ‘paper crafting’ blog and one that I think you will like.

I cannot give you the pattern as it came from Lia Griffith, who is a Do-it-Yourself designer who thinks almost anyone can be creative. She has many patterns for many kinds of crafting, some of which are free, others available by subscription.

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At any rate, these cute little paper pumpkins (NOT to be confused with the Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumkin kits) I made from leftover pieces of Designer Series Papers.

There are 3 sizes, only the two larger ones are here. The larger one is cut from a piece of 8″ x 8″ paper. I used a piece from the Spooky Night series. The smaller one is from a 6″ x 6″ piece of Delightful Daisy.

I began by downloading the pattern, then printing it on old, not usable for a card, card stock, then fussy cut it. Yep! Fussy cut. Now, I believe she has patterns in an SVG format, which I understand some kinds of machines will cut. Presumably they have to be tethered to your computer for this to work, but I really have NO knowledge about these machines or who makes them, or, for that matter, how they work. So, I fussy cut.

After fussy cutting, I traced around them onto the BACK side of the chosen paper and fussy cut the real deal. There is a little piece that goes up through the middle to which your ribs are glued. I used a combination of Glue Dots and Liquid Glue to adhere these.

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Once the pumpkins were glued to their shape, I added the leaves. The ones on the larger pumpkin, shown above, were cut from Color Theory DSP and Liquid Glued to the pumpkin.  The smaller one has leaves from Petal Garden DSP. I used my stylus from the Simply Scored scoring tool to crease veins in the leaves.

The stems are simply a piece of Kraft paper (grocery sack?)  rolled up, twisted and the ends glued. I bent one end and used a Glue Dot to adhere it to the pumpkin. Woo-Hoo! These cute little guys are done!

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I really don’t like to waste things. I grew up with the waste not, want not, theory. So, I recycle lots of things, and not just what the recycle place will take. Perhaps I save TOO much, but there is also the adage that “A penny saved is a penny earned”. These days, saving a penny may not be a big deal, but it only takes 100 of them to add up to a dollar.

That is how this post came about. I want folks to know that there are ways to use scraps, bits and pieces, and to not just toss them into the wastebasket.

Thanks for reading this post. Please leave a comment. And, God Bless your Monday!

Thought for the Day:  Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure. Author unknown.







WHOO’s Having a Birthday?

Probably lots of folks. However, I did not make this card for lots of folks. I made it for a little someone who will be having an October birthday. Apropos, don’t you think?


I think we all need to let Stampin’ Up! know that we want them to introduce an Oxide ink. I recently heard about the Ranger Distress Oxide inks and thought I would try them to see if they really are as good as advertised. I think they are. They blend beautifully and never go to ‘mud’. So, I used them for the background for this card. The card base is Basic Black, making a nice frame for the sponged background, which looks and feels chalky, but doesn’t rub off.

I then stamped in Basic Gray an image from The Open Sea stamp set on the left, and a texture stamp from Touches of Texture on the upper right corner.

The black branch is die cut with one of the thinlits from Seasonal Layers. The owl is punched with the retired Owl punch in Early Espresso. His breast is punched from Tangerine Tango, the eye rings from Daffodil Delight and the eyes in Early Espresso. Initially I punched the tiny eye pupils from black, but decided in the end to use the Metallic Enamel Dots for his eye centers. I think he is so cute!

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Black pumpkins behind the colorful ones set them off nicely and make a sort of shadow effect. The vines are black just because I like it. The squash and pumpkin on the left are die cut from the scrap of sponging and stamped in Basic Gray with images from the Pick a Pumpkin stamp set. All are cut with the Patterned Pumpkins framelits. The Jack-O-Lantern on the right is cut from Pumpkin Pie and sponged lightly with Basic Gray to tone it down. All others are cut from Tangerine Tango and stamped in Pumpkin Pie.

pumpkin detail

The sentiment is from the Birthday Delivery stamp set and is stamped in Basic Black. using my Stampin’ Write Basic Black marker I made a question mark.

The inside sentiment panel is cut from Pumpkin Pie and glued to a Tangerine Tango mat. YOU is stamped in Basic Black just using that part of Thank you from the One Big Meaning stamp set. I hand drew the exclamation mark with my Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker. The Happy Birthday is from Birthday Blast and is also stamped in Basic Black.


The pumpkins at the bottom are stamped in Pumpkin Pie and he squash in Basic Gray

I didn’t want a white envelope, so dug through my stash for a lightweight paper in some shade of orange and made one using the Envelope Punch Board. Two pumpkins are stamped in Basic Gray on the front. I did nothing further as the dots are enough.


I hope you like this card. It was so much fun making it.

Card Cuts: Basic Black: card base 7″ x 10″ scored at 5″, branch, pumpkins 4″ x 5″; Whisper White: sentiment art panel 5″ x 8-1/4″, trimmed to 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″ after sponging; Tangerine Tango: inside mat 4-3/4″ x 6-3/4″; pumpkins, owl breast 2-1/2″ x 4″; Pumpkin Pie: inside sentiment panel 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″, pumpkin 2″ x 2″‘; Early Espresso: Owl and eyes  2″ x 2″; Daffodil Delight: eye rings small scrap, 1/2″ x 1″

Non Stampin’ Up! products used: Ranger Distress Oxide Ink pads for sponging the front.

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